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ThaLoops announces free Hip Hop Beats Vol.1 for aspiring artists

ThaLoops has announced the release of Hip Hop Beats Vol. 1, a free collection of 11 professional beats.

Free beats at ThaLoops

With an experience of making chart-hitting beats and sounds (UK top 40/European Billboard Top 100) ThaLoops produced a catalog of free beats for all aspiring singers, rappers, dancers and other artists.

Beats are produced by sound developers whose work has been used in songs such as Rihanna’s – Fading, Black Eyed Peas – One Tribe and more.

The catalog of free beats is available at ThaLoops now.

More information: ThaLoops / Hip Hop Beats Vol. 1

The MIT Press publishes A Composer’s Guide to Game Music

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A Composer's Guide to Game Music

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology Press has published A Composer’s Guide to Game Music, a new book by the composer of Assassin’s Creed Liberation, The Da Vinci Code and Speed Racer video games, Winifred Phillips.

As an award-winning composer of video game music, Phillips provides a comprehensive, practical guide that leads an aspiring video game composer from acquiring the necessary creative skills to understanding the function of music in games to finding work in the field. Among those praising Phillips’s book is celebrated film/game composer Harry Gregson-Williams (Shrek, Narnia, Kingdom of Heaven, Metal Gear Solid series), who described A Composer’s Guide to Game Music as “not just compulsory bedside reading for budding games composers, but a fine achievement in itself. Bravo!” Renowned video game director David Jaffe (God of War, the Twisted Metal series) described Phillips’s book as “an important, deep, and rare exploration of video game music by one of the medium’s smartest and most talented voices.”

Musicians and composers may be drawn to game music composition because the game industry is a multibillion-dollar, employment-generating economic powerhouse, but, Phillips writes, one of the most important qualifications for a musician who wants to become a game music composer is a love of video games. “It’s very important to have an enduring passion for games,” Phillips writes. “With the right spark of enthusiasm, the process of writing music for games can be positively exhilarating.”

A Composer’s Guide to Game Music from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Press offers indispensable guidance for musicians and composers who want to deploy their creativity in a dynamic and growing industry, protect their musical identities while working in a highly technical field, and create great music for a new medium.

The book is available to purchase for a list price of $29.95 USD.

More information: A Composer’s Guide to Game Music

Producers Choice launches Music Business Mastery video course by Darrell Branch

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Music Business Mastery

The Producers Choice has launched the Music Business Mastery Program, a video course by producer Darrell “Digga” Branch (Cam’ron, Jay-Z, 50 Cent, Ludacris and more).

My new course, “Music Business Mastery” will teach you how to start up and grow your own successful music production company. We’ll cover ALL the things you need to know to about starting a production company – even if you have no idea about business.

This 10 part video course will teach you the EXACT step by step method to starting your own successful music production company from scratch.

Absolutely everything is covered – soup to nuts…

The course is available to purchase for $47 USD.

More information: Producers Choice / Music Business Mastery Program

London Electronic Music Event (LEME) announces groundbreaking 2014 programme

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LEME 2014

London Electronic Music Event has announced the first part of its 2014 programme.

The third annual LEME returns to Rich Mix in Shoreditch to give an unparalleled insight into the world of electronic music, featuring over 30 production workshops, industry panel discussions, artist keynotes, networking sessions and live performances.

The first part of an impressive programme has been announced today with producer heavyweights Legowelt, Neville Watson and Kris Wadsworth, record labels Defected, Hypercolour and Fear of Flying as well as Ableton, XOYO, Bloc and Rubadub all ready to unlock the secrets of the industry.

The two-day event brings together industry insiders, producers, DJs, labels and pro-audio manufacturers for an inspirational, informative and empowering weekend.

The event takes place Saturday 12th – Sunday 13th April, 2014, in Rich Mix, London. Strictly limited Early Bird tickets are now on sale for £40 GBP, with full price tickets available later at £60 GBP and day/night tickets starting at just £15 GBP.

More information: LEME 2014

IK Multimedia releases GrooveMaker 2 for iPhone & iPod Touch

IK Multimedia GrooveMaker 2

IK Multimedia has released GrooveMaker 2 for iPhone and iPod touch, the most powerful mobile loop based music making app with a patented “groove generator” engine that lets anyone create professional quality non-stop grooves, beats and songs in real time on the go.

GrooveMaker 2 has been completely redesigned with a slew of powerful new features, giving users total control over their creations while functioning as a live performance powerhouse app.

GrooveMaker 2 provides a completely new and intuitive way of making music by using groups of loops called songs (60 loops per song) that always sound good together, and users use these to build build grooves and complete songs. GrooveMaker 2 gives users ability to mix and remix their creations from a newly designed iOS 7 style interface and intuitive controls, loop import, automatic mixing controls, loop effects, mastering effects, groove sequencing and export controls.

There are literally millions of groove possibilities that can be constructed and deconstructed with GrooveMaker 2. Over 3,600 available loops from a continually expanding library of over 60 collections for virtually every style of groove music including House, DubStep, Hip-Hop, Techno, Electro, D’n’B, Trance, Reggae, Reggaeton, Rock, and artist’s packs from Ace of Skunk Anansie, Chris Domingo and Cool & Dre and more.

There are tons of new and powerful performance features in GrooveMaker 2. The new Grid Interface allows users to literally “draw” new grooves by dragging their finger across the screen, as well as being able to change the length of individual loops and grooves down to 1/4 of a bar. Additionally, GrooveMaker 2′s time-stretch engine allows complete tempo changes (up to 200% and down to 50%) without affecting the pitch of the loops.

GrooveMaker 2 also features a suite of up to 16 creative effects users can apply “on the fly” to mixes
and grooves, including staple effects like delay, reverb, filter, flange and wah, but also specialized effects designed forlive DJ performance like stutter, noise, twist, tail, brake and spin. Furthermore, one of the most requested features is now fully implemented in GrooveMaker 2: audio recording and audio import (E-mail, FTP, SoundCloud, and more).

Changes in GrooveMaker 2

  • Completely redesigned iOS7 style interface.
  • New single application allows you to have all your loop collections in one place via inapp purchase (any GrooveMaker 1 loop packs bought previously are unlocked and usable in GrooveMaker 2 upon registration).
  • 16 Packs available in 60 song collections (1 song included in the free version, 4 songs included in the full version and more available via in-app purchase).
  • New Grid interface allows for simplified loop remixing – even by “drawing”.
  • Single loop duration and groove duration can be freely selected down to ¼ bar, with new 1/8 to 1/32 live-repeat function on full grooves for dramatic effects.
  • 16 available FX with automation and touch-pad like interface.
  • IMPORT functions allows to import audio files or record your own grooves within the existing collection (available for in-app purchase in the Free version).
  • New high-quality time-stretch for seamless groove tempo variation from 50% to 200% of original BPM without changing the pitch.
  • New real-time recorder of your remixing performance.
  • New master control with Compressor, EQ and Filter.
  • New sharing features include Audio Copy, E-mail, Wi-Fi, FTP and SoundCloud.
  • Compatible with Audiobus, Inter-App Audio and X-Sync (with iRig MIX).

GrooveMaker 2 is available to purchase for 8.99 EUR. A free version can be downloaded on the App Store.

More information: IK Multimedia / GrooveMaker 2

Erin Barra launches Beats By Girlz

Erin Barra has launched Beats By Girlz, an Indiegogo campaign dedicated to empowering women in the arts.

She’s empowering, self-aware, and most importantly a talent, who doesn’t let her gender keep her from breaking any glass ceiling that other female musicians and producers only imagined.

Utilizing her position as a multi-faceted woman in audio, Erin has kicked off Beatz By Girlz – an Indiegogo campaign dedicated to empowering women in the arts.

In collaboration with The Lower East Side Girls Club, Erin will be creating a female powered music tech program, creating educational video assets and serving as a role model for daughters, sisters, friends and mothers.

The project aims to $20,000 USD by December 19th, 2013.

More information: Beats By Girlz

Elektron to unveil new product with Berlin party

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Elektron Berlin party

Elektron has announced it will launch its new product at Night of Machines, taking place November 23rd in Berlin.

A new machine from Elektron is on the horizon. To celebrate it, Elektron will throw a big party in Berlin.

The event is called Night of Machines, the date is set to November the 23rd, and during the evening the new machine will make its official debut.

The launch party will include live performances by Very Special Guest (Kompakt), TM-404—a.k.a Andreas Tilliander (Kontra-Musik), Cascandy (Monaberry), and Andre Kronert (Stockholm LTD, Neurotron), and DJ’s Dataline, and Marlon & Karxman.

The event will take place at Humboldthain in Berlin (doors open at 23:00 hours).

More information: Elektron / Night of Machines

Bobby Owsinski releases Social Media Promotion for Musicians

Social Media Promotion for Musicians

Producer, author, and technology advisor Bobby Owsinski has announced the release of his Social Media Promotion for Musicians book.

After numerous requests from musicians, artists, bands, engineers, producers and songwriters all over the country, best-selling recording and music business author Bobby Owsinski has finally put the social media strategies taught in his famous clinics into a new book called Social Media Promotion for Musicians: The Manual for Marketing Yourself, Your Band and Your Music Online.

Published by BOMG Publishing and topping out at 300 pages packed with insider tips and tricks, Social Media Promotion for Musicians provides the latest techniques used to raise your online profile more effectively and efficiently than you ever thought possible, which can lead to more fans and followers, increased page, post and video views, and greater ticket and merch sales. Best of all, the information is laid out so anyone can do it!

Social Media Promotion For Musicians covers all aspects of a musician’s online presence on the most widely used platforms like YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, and various bookmarking sites. Special attention is also given to personal and band websites, blogs, newsletters and branding.

Social Media Promotion for Musicians features

  • How to increase your online exposure to increase your fan base.
  • How to have more time for music by saving at least an hour every day on common social media operations.
  • Exclusive promotional tips that boost your views and followers.
  • How to uncover and develop your brand.
  • The secret behind successful tweets and posts.
  • How to craft an effective newsletter to increase your ticket and merch sales.
  • 10 ways to make sure that fans, music critics and bloggers, bookers and promoters, and agents and managers always have your latest information.
  • Ways to optimize your YouTube channel and videos to maximize your views.

The book is available to purchase for a list price of $29.95 USD (print & Kindle).

More information: Social Media Promotion for Musicians